Saturday, September 22, 2012

Number fours and fives

Here's another entry for lovers of lists and old records. I've been gradually working through the records that made it into my personal top ten that I listed every week between 1960 and 1965. This time, I'm listing the discs that made it to a highest position of numbers four and five. There's some crap here, particularly in the early years when my taste was still a bit dodgy, but it gets better and most of it is pretty good - from a time when there was some truly great music around.
1960: He'll Have To Go - Jim Reeves; Someone Else's Baby - Adam Faith; Shazam - Duane Eddy; Baby My Heart - Crickets; Happy Go Lucky Me - Paul Evans; You'll Never Know What You're Missing - Emile Ford; Another Sleepless Night - Eddie Hickey; Jellied Eels - Joe Brown; Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Connie Francis; Question - Lloyd Price; Let's Think About Living - Bob Luman; Yogi - Ivy Three; Somebody To Love - Bobby Darin; Why Why Bye Bye - Bob Luman.
1961: Let's Jump The Broomstick - Brenda Lee; Doncha Know - Crickets; Pepe - Duane Eddy; Piltdown Rides Again - Piltdown Men; What To Do - Buddy Holly; Happy Days - Marv Johnson; Wooden Heart - Elvis Presley; Goodnight Mrs Flintstone - Piltdown Men; Lazy River - Bobby Darin; Have A Drink On Me - Lonnie Donegan; I'll Step Down - Garry Mills; Weekend - Eddie Cochran; High Voltage - Johnny & the Hurricanes; I Say Love - Jimmy Jones; I'm Comin' On Back To You - Jackie Wilson; How Many Tears - Bobby Vee; Quarter To Three - US Bonds; Dum Dum - Brenda Lee; Tell Me Why - Belmonts; Don't Bet Money Honey - Linda Scott; Sweet Little You - Neil Sedaka; Tribute To Buddy Holly - Mike Berry; Ever Loving - Ricky Nelson; September In The Rain - Dinah Washington; Joy Joy Joy - Little Richard; Johnny Will - Pat Boone; Happy Times - Tony Orlando;.
1962: He's Old Enough To Know Better - Crickets; Farewell Farewell - Johnny & the Hurricanes; Twist Around The Clock - Clay Cole; Twistin' All Night Long - Danny & the Juniors; Talkin' About You - Tony Orlando; A Matter Of Moments - Mark Dinning; I Know - Barbara George (pictured top); A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody - Piltdown Men; Speak To Me Pretty - Brenda Lee; Twist Twist Senora - US Bonds; Sing - Jackie Wilson; Shout - Joey Dee; I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles; The Stripper - David Rose; Dancin' Party - Chubby Checker; Vacation - Connie Francis; Little Diane - Dion; If A Man Answers -  Bobby Darin; Swiss Maid - Del Shannon; No One Can Make My Sunshine Smile - Everly Brothers; Warmed Over Kisses - Brian Hyland; The Cha Cha Cha - Bobby Rydell; Baby Face - Bobby Darin; Return To Sender - Elvis Presley; Under Your Spell Again - Lloyd Price.
1963: Some Kinda Fun - Chris Montez; Beautiful Dreamer - Tony Orlando; Walk Right In - Rooftop Singers; Ruby Baby - Dion; That's Life - Gabriel & the Angels; Alice In Wonderful - Neil Sedaka; He's Got The Power - Exciters; Walk Like A Man - Four Seasons; Let's Stomp - Bobby Comstock; Teenage Letter - Jerry Lee Lewis; There Goes My Heart Again - Fats Domino; The Bird's The Word - Rivingtons; Not Too Young To Get Married - Bob B Soxx & the Blue Jean; Monkey Time - Major Lance; Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison; I'll Take You Home - Drifters; Honolulu Lulu - Jan & Dean; I'm Leaving It Up To You - Dale & Grace; 24 Hours From Tulsa - Gene Pitney.
1964: When The Boy's Happy - Four Pennies (pictured - aka the Chiffons); Tonight You're Gonna Fall In Love With Me - Shirelles; Abigail Beecher - Freddie Cannon; That Girl Belongs To Yesterday - Gene Pitney; Hoochie Coochie Man - Dion; Ain't That Lovin' You Baby - Everly Brothers; Suspicion - Terry Stafford; Dead Man's Curve - Jan & Dean; Mona - Bo Diddley; Black Night - Arthur Alexander; Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway; What's The Matter With You Baby - Mary Wells & Marvin Gaye; Dissatisfied Woman - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee; C'mon And Swim - Bobby Freeman; Little Old Lady From Pasadena - Jan & Dean; Out Of Sight - James Brown; Baby Love - Supremes; He's In Town - Tokens; Don't Turn Your Back On me - Jackie DeShannon; Big Man In Town - Four Seasons; Getting Mighty Crowded - Betty Everett.
1965: Twine Time - Alvin Cash & the Crawlers; Baby Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Nina Simone; Hurt So Bad - Little Anthony & the Imperials; It's Growing - Temptations; Got To Get You Off My Mind - Solomon Burke; The Clapping Song - Shirley Ellis (pictured right); Why Don't You Do Right - Fats Domino; Something You Got - Maxine Brown & Chuck Jackson; I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding; I Put A Spell On You - Nina Simone; No Pity In The Naked City - Jackie Wilson; Cry No More - Ben E King; These Hands - Bobby Bland; Everything's Gonna Be All Right - Willie Mitchell.


At 10:20 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bit late in responding to this! Some great songs and a few surprises... I didn't imagine David Rose's instrumental was your thing at all! And also wasn't sure about Dale and Grace, but then that song might be warped for me as the first version I heard of was by Donny and Marie Osmond. Yeuch! Daniel x

At 9:03 pm , Blogger Nick said...

I'm Leaving It Up To You was actually one of the great numbers of swamp pop. Shame it was ruined by the Osmonds!


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